Sunday School

No Classes on Dec. 25, Jan. 1, or Jan 15.

The Sunday School hour is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn and explore in a fun and loving environment.

Take a look at the offerings below and, when you arrive on Sunday, look for the Christian Education table in Trezevant Hall. At the table, you'll find more information about all the classes for children and adults, as well as some helpful people to direct you to the location you're looking for.

For parents who wish to fill out the registration form ahead of time and bring it with you, here is the link for children's classes and here is the link for youth classes.

We look forward to seeing you in class on Sunday!

Nursery

Infant Room: Newborn–Walking
Toddler Room: Walking–Potty Training
Location: The Church Nursery with the Nursery Staff

Sharon Campbell, Director of Children's Education, and the rest of Grace-St. Luke’s professional (and wonderful) Nursery staff, provide care for our youngest parishioners. Little ones will enjoy some quality supervised playtime during the Sunday morning worship services; 8:00 and 10:30 am. The Nursery is located downstairs, with the main entrance on Lemaster Avenue.

Children may be picked up in the Nursery prior to Communion, or at the conclusion of the service.

Little Lambs Pre-Atrium

Little Lambs Pre-Atrium (Potty Training – Atrium Ready)
Location: The Church Nursery with the Nursery Staff

This sweet, age-appropriate environment serves as a perfect introduction to our Catechesis program. The children will enjoy some thoughtful activities under the watchful eye of our trained Nursery Staff. The children will have freedom to make choices about the materials they work with and will develop an understanding about being in an atrium environment. Children will begin to care for the environment and do some simple body management.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Atrium I: 3–6 yrs (Pre–K, JK and SK)
Location: Atrium I; 
Time: 9:30-10:15

Atrium II: 6–9 yrs (1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade)
Location: Atrium II; Time: 9:30-10:15

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach to children’s faith formation that originated in 1954 with the founding of the Children’s Center, or ‘Atrium’ in Rome, Italy. It was started by Sofia Cavaletti, a Hebrew scholar, and Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori educator. 

Inspired by Montessori principles of education, which enable children to be self-guided in their enjoyment of the presence of God, the Atrium environment is prepared with child-size furnishings and beautiful, inviting activities that facilitate the young child’s experience of working in his or her own rhythm. The child’s responses and reactions guide the development of this remarkable experience.

For more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, please visit www.cgsusa.org.

Important Note: An Atrium is designed to be a sacred, quiet space for the children, and late arrivals can disrupt the peaceful flow of activity established by the Catechists and children present. Therefore, it is important that children arrive at the Atrium on time. Atrium-age children arriving after the session is underway may be directed to the Little Lambs room to enjoy supervised free play.

Children are encouraged stay in their Atria through the start of the 10:30 service and continue their work until being picked up by their parents for the Eucharist.

Project Purpose

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Project Purpose
4th-8th Grade
Location: The Red Door, Red Room
Time 9:30- 10:15 am
Leaders: Mary Margaret Winn, Julie O'Bryan, Zoe Jackson

PROJECT PURPOSE is a new Sunday School endeavor for 4th through 8th grade students developed from our Holy Men Holy Women curriculum. This is a project-based curriculum designed around four 6-week themes central to our Episcopal faith. Each week, youth will learn about a holy person whose life and work exemplify that theme. Alongside each weekly lesson is a project that spans all six weeks, focusing on creativity, collaboration, and contribution to our church community. Older students will have the opportunity to lead their younger friends while fully participating in each lesson. All participants will help determine the direction each theme takes and the projects that coincide, so regular attendance is definitely encouraged!

Themes for our first semester are:

Virtuous Living (Sept. 11 through Oct. 30)
Iconic Arts (Nov. 6 through Dec. 18)

By offering both programmatic and fellowship based opportunities, we hope to balance the experience that our youth have here at GSL and make it welcoming to all. For more information on Wednesday morning Bible Study and EYC, please see the EYC page.

Youth Confirmation

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Youth Confirmation
9th-12th Grade
Location: The Red Door, Red Room
Time: Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:15 am
Leader: Rev. Broderick Greer

From September 11-October 30, all high school youth are invited and encouraged to attend the Confirmation class. The class itself is not a formal commitment for Confirmation, but will be the preparation needed to make that adult affirmation of faith. Youth will have the opportunity to talk candidly about God, the Episcopal Church, and personal faith, all in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. During the 9-week course, youth will be expected to attend all 6 classes and worship on a regular basis (or schedule a make-up class with Broderick) as well as contemplate their role in our parish community. Confirmation is scheduled for Bishop Johnson's visit to Grace-St. Luke's on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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